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A day at Volition

A behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to work at Volition in Champaign, designers of best-selling video games.

Snowing and blowing

How miserable was Wednesday's weather? Here, a man turns his back to the howling wind while waiting to board an MTD bus on Devonshire Drive in Champaign. (Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

Tom Kacich: Rauner's recollections may be a little skewed

Gov. Bruce Rauner has an entertaining way of re-creating a conversation just the way he'd like it to be remembered. He did it last week when speaking to about 150 people at the Douglas County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner in Tuscola.

The subject was the Rauner administration's deadlocked contract negotiations with AFSCME, the union that represents about 38,000 state workers.

I-74 crash sends one to hospital

OAKWOOD — Two trucks collided on Interstate 74 near Oakwood on Saturday afternoon.

Illinois State Master Sgt. Brad Kane said a semitrailer truck and a pickup collided in the westbound lanes of I-74 about 2:44 p.m.

Robert C. Reynolds, 62, of Champaign, was driving a Nissan pickup and Chester Lee Bell, 64, of Polk City, Fla., was driving the semitrailer.

UPDATED: EIU backers plan rally in face of 200 layoffs

CHARLESTON — Upset about the state budget impasse that threatens the future operation of Eastern Illinois University, Kate Klipp invited a group of people to her Charleston home to see what they could do.

UPDATED: UI again proposes tuition freeze for in-state freshmen

URBANA — Hoping to boost overall revenue but keep costs down for Illinois residents, the University of Illinois has proposed another tuition freeze for in-state students next fall.

The Urbana campus plans to raise tuition rates for out-of-state students and its growing population of international students — who are charged up to three times what Illinois residents pay.

Ex-funeral director charged with forging death certificate signatures

TUSCOLA — The former director of a Newman funeral home is scheduled to be in court next week to face criminal charges that he electronically forged another funeral director's name to death certificates.

Woman's story led to inquiries against funeral home director

NEWMAN — It has been eight months, but Kelly Sego is still reeling from the way a former funeral home director handled her mother's services, including not having her body cremated in time for her visitation.

Sego's complaint to state authorities about Andrew Appleby led to investigations that have resulted in criminal charges of forgery against him.

Danville Police Christmas Cash giveaway

Danville Police officers, on behalf of the Danville Police Association, presented 30 unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians with a $100 bill as a token of their appreciation.

Black Lives Matter "die-out"

A group of about 20 people participated in Tueday's "die-out" outside the Champaign County Courthouse, organized by members of Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana.